Welcome to the Department of Physics at the University College Cork.

The Department of Physics is one of Ireland’s largest, most dynamic centres of scientific development with a focus on excellence in both education and research, and a particularly strong track record in PhD education.

The strength of our undergraduate degree programmes in both physics and astrophysics attracts a large cohort of talented students to study physics at UCC. Our research strength also attracts many international post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists to our department, making it a large, cosmopolitan place for the advancement of science.

The Department of Physics plays an important strategic role in the region through its extensive interactions with industry both nationally and internationally.



Physics Department Senior Technical Officers Robin Gillen and Christy Roche both recently retired from the  Physics Department.

A function for the  retirement of Christy Roche was held in the Kane building. UCC President Pat O’Shea, Prof John McInerney and Physics department staff participated in a very enjoyable evening.

A presentation was made to Robin Gillen in the common room by Prof John McInerney to mark his retirement. This was attended by Physics department staff and students.


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President Pat O’Shea, Prof John McInerney and Physics department Technical Officers at function to mark the retirement of Christy Roche after 46 years service to the Physics Department.

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Prof John McInerney making a presentation to Robin Gillen to mark his retirement after 48 years service to the Physics Department.

Physics News

Invisible magnetic sensors measure magnetic fields without disturbing them
Posted on April 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Currently, most of the magnetic sensors used in today's computers, airplanes, cars, and other […]

Controlled nuclear transition for vastly more accurate clocks
Posted on April 25, 2018 at 10:29 am

A Russian scientist from Skobelitsyn Research Institute of Nuclear Physics, MSU theoretically […]

New technique drawing on echo state networks fills in the gaps to simulate how arrhythmic electrical signals go chaotic
Posted on April 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Cardiac arrhythmia results when the usual symphony of electric pulses that keep the heart's muscles […]

Electrogates offer stop-and-go control in microfluidics
Posted on April 24, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Although microfluidics devices have a wide variety of uses, from point-of-care diagnostics to […]